Synonyms of pin in English:

pin

noun

  • 1 fasten the hem with a pin
  • 2 a broken pin in the machine
  • 3 they wore pins that read ‘Kindness to all animals’
    badge, brooch, sticker
  • Phrases

    on pins and needles

    I'll be on pins and needles till they get here
    in suspense, waiting with bated breath;
    anxious, nervous, apprehensive, worried, worried sick, on edge, edgy, tense, strained, stressed, agitated, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, fretful, restless, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, strung out, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots, with one's heart in one's mouth, like a cat on a hot tin roof, fidgety;
    British nervy
    informal with butterflies in one's stomach, jittery, twitchy, in a state, uptight, wired, in a stew, in a dither, all of a dither, in a sweat, in a flap, in a tizz/tizzy, all of a lather, het up, in a twitter, waiting for the axe to fall
    British informal strung up, windy, having kittens, all of a doodah
    North American informal spooky, squirrelly, in a twit
    Australian/New Zealand informal toey
    British vulgar slang shitting bricks, bricking oneself
    dated overstrung

    verb

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  • 1 she pinned the brooch to her dress
  • 2 they had to pin me to the ground
    hold, restrain, press, pinion, constrain, hold fast, hold down, immobilize
  • Phrases

    pin someone/something down

  • 1 your supporting troops can just as easily pin down the enemy from a distance
    confine, trap, hem in, corner, close in, shut in, hedge in, pen in, restrain, entangle, enmesh, immobilize
  • 2 she tried to pin him down to something definite
    make someone commit themselves, constrain, force, compel, pressure, put pressure on, pressurize, tie down, nail down
  • 3 it evoked some distant memory but he couldn't quite pin it down
    define, put one's finger on, put into words, put words to, express in words, express, designate, name, specify, identify, pinpoint, place, home in on
  • pin something on

    he was scared they'd pin the crime on him
    blame something on, lay the blame for something on, attribute something to, impute something to, ascribe something to;
    blame someone for something, hold someone responsible for something, lay something at someone's door

    pin one's hopes/faith on

    I didn't pin my hopes on anything as I know what men can be like
    rely on, count on, depend on, place reliance on, lean on, bank on, trust, be sure of, trust in, place one's trust in, have (every) confidence in, believe in, put one's faith in, swear by, take for granted, take on trust, take as read

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